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Posted on Sep 7, 2015 in Bordeaux, France, Wine Tasting France | 0 comments

Château Palmer Margaux, Grand Cru Classé

Château Palmer Margaux, Grand Cru Classé

We woke up at 9am today. We got ready by 11:30am because I took a while to shower and I put on a full face of make-up today. We drove out to buy some pastries. We bought a doughnut, four small doughnuts filled with chocolate, a Portuguese tart, and one fruity cake. We brought it back to our hotel room for breakfast and had some peaches, apricots and bananas. Unfortunately I had to throw away my yogurt because I left it in the car last night.

Château Palmer – Margaux, Grand Cru Classé, Grand Vin De Bordeaux

Château Palmer Margaux, Grand Cru Classé

We got lots of information from Celine

Château Palmer Margaux, Grand Cru Classé

Garden around the Chateau

Château Palmer Margaux, Grand Cru Classé

Some part of the building

At 2:15pm we drove to Alex’s favorite Chateau: Palmer. The entrance was high tech: we spoke on the telecom and then they removed the barrier. It was so impressive. The tour guide is Celine, who is accompanied by Melody, who is in training. Celine has been working as a guide for thirteen years, so she will be moving to production soon. The chateau was built in the 18th century. They renovated it from 2010 to 2012.

Château Palmer Margaux, Grand Cru Classé

Cant remember what room is this

Château Palmer Margaux, Grand Cru Classé

Vineyard here we come

Château Palmer Margaux, Grand Cru Classé

Celine showing us what type of grape they have. 

Celine is my second favorite tour guide after Francois from Chateau Qvintus.

It is in the Margaux appellation in Bordeaux and is a third grown in the original classification of 1855. It is one of the most popular third growths. One part of the estate was divided by two heirs in the Foix-Candale family in 1748, and 50 hectares of the vineyards came to the Gascq family. In 1814, Madame Marie Bumet de Gerriere sold it for 100,000 to Charles Palmer. Currently Sichel and Mahler-Besse are the major shareholders of the winery. Thomas Duroux has managed the property since 2004.

Château Palmer Margaux, Grand Cru Classé

Many of us today. Chateau Palmer is very famous so no wonder many wants to visit

Château Palmer Margaux, Grand Cru Classé

This is a real chateau, old palace

Château Palmer Margaux, Grand Cru Classé

The crawl grape tree. Guess how old the grape tree is?

Before the tasting she showed us the vineyard, which I find pretty cool. It is 55 hectates and it is 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, and 6% Petit Verdot. Lastly, she took us to the reception area, the vat room, and the cellar that holds the vintages for 2013 and 2014, which requires three rooms total.

Château Palmer Margaux, Grand Cru Classé

Yeay we are going to the vat room!

Château Palmer Margaux, Grand Cru Classé

Open sesame!! This is the reception area during the harvesting

Château Palmer Margaux, Grand Cru Classé

One of the complete chateau visit is here in Chateau Palmer

Château Palmer Margaux, Grand Cru Classé

Stainless steal room

Château Palmer Margaux, Grand Cru Classé

Château Palmer Margaux, Grand Cru Classé

View from up here

Château Palmer Margaux, Grand Cru Classé

Harvesting area

Afterwards we went to the old, or private cellar. Then we went to the garden and saw the front of the chateau. The chateau is traditional with a beautiful crawling grape vine on it. The chateau is beautiful and reminds me of Cinderella’s palace.

Château Palmer Margaux, Grand Cru Classé

Neatly arranged

Château Palmer Margaux, Grand Cru Classé

They are sleeping now and dreaming

Château Palmer Margaux, Grand Cru Classé

Shh keep quite

Château Palmer Margaux, Grand Cru Classé

The most outstanding Logo I have seen so far

Château Palmer Margaux, Grand Cru Classé

Silicon cover without logo

We met with some new friends, an American Indian couple: Mdm. Rashmi and Mr. Nehrain Goel. She works as a software sales in Oracle and he is a CFO in a startup company. We decided to meet at La Boite A Huitres for dinner.

Château Palmer Margaux, Grand Cru Classé

Our new found friends from US. Rashmi and Nehrain.

Château Palmer Margaux, Grand Cru Classé

Beautiful inside here isn’t it?

Château Palmer Margaux, Grand Cru Classé

Looks like Cinderella the movie palace

Château Palmer Margaux, Grand Cru Classé

I see the sun

Château Palmer Margaux, Grand Cru Classé

Another view of this nice house

Lastly we went to the tasting room, which had an art exhibition from a painter. It looked like an ocean with the sky. Alex bought six wines: three from 2006 Palmer, and three 2011 Alter Egos. Overall I thought this visit was normal and the wines are average, but Alex loved it.

Château Palmer Margaux, Grand Cru Classé

Exhibition is happening here

Château Palmer Margaux, Grand Cru Classé

Excited, gonna taste 2 wines later!

Château Palmer Margaux, Grand Cru Classé

All just blue, cool art :D

We drank two red wines: a 2006 Chateau Palmer label, and a 2011 Alter Ego. Alter Ego is the second label, but not a second wine, since the quality of the grapes is the same, they only employ different winemaking techniques.

Château Palmer Margaux, Grand Cru Classé

And the second Label Alter Ego Vintage 2011

Château Palmer Margaux, Grand Cru Classé

Chateau Palmer Vintage 2006

Château Palmer Margaux, Grand Cru Classé

The shop. This is the smallest one I visited so far :D

Château Palmer Margaux, Grand Cru Classé

At Saint Catherine where all the cheap shopping happen. A Must visit ladies

Château Palmer Margaux, Grand Cru Classé

Bordeaux city

Château Palmer Margaux, Grand Cru Classé

Looking for nice Wine and bar here

Alex and I reached the city of Bordeaux at 6pm, so we strolled along the area and had some wine with cheese at an Italian bar. The cheeses were great: bleu cheese, sheep cheese with truffle, and cheese with pepper. We had two different white wines. After that we went to Saint Catherine Road. We also bought some souvenirs at a shop: a shirt and a cap for Saigon Baby. We also got ten postcards and a magnet, all for 40€.

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